SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Bruchstucke aus einigen Reisen nach dem suclichen Rubland in den Jarhren 1822-1828.

St. Gallen: Huber & Co., 1830.
Lipperheide Kaa45; Colas 2666; Longchamp 2656; Engelmann II 860; Bobins 1015. Not in Nitsche/Stender.
St. Gallen: Huber & Co., 1830.

FIRST EDITION, 8vo, half title, title, preface, xx, 496pp.text, 4pp., 14 lithographed plates of which 12 are hand coloured and one large folding lithographed map by H. Bienz of Basle, original decorated pale green paper-covered boards, hand coloured armorial arms bearing the name 'Schlatter' and paper bookseller label on front paste down. An attractive example. Schlatter, a Swiss missionary, gives a detailed and important ethnographical account of his stay among the Nogayen-Tartars on the Sea of Azov. A second revised edition appeared in 1838. Schlatter made three journeys to Southern Russia and to the North Coast of the Sea of Azov. His lithographs show Tartar costume, habitations, and both Tartar and Turkish script. The plates by J. Locherer after J. Bienz, show the German, Bulgarian and Jewish colonies in the area, giving geographical names of towns, rivers, etc. To an extent Schlatter was travelling in the footsteps of German naturalist and explorer P.S. Pallas, who journeyed through the Nogai lands in October 1794, providing the earliest glimpse of the Melitopol Nogais. Travelling from east to west, Pallas met with three Nogai clans, and the Yedissand horde that ranged along the Molochna River. The first state-appointed Nachalnik (chief) of all Nogais in the region, Baiazet Bey, was drawn from the latter. At this date the Nogais whom Pallas saw had only recently arrived in the Molochna, and unsurprisingly retained semi-nomadic practices. Schlatter’s work is an important contribution to the history of this fascinating and difficult area. Coloured plates in order: 1. Armorial arms of the Schlater family. 2. Frontispiece. Tatarischer Edelmann. 3. Tatarische Wirthschaft (folding). 4. Tatarischer Pferdehirt. 5. Noyayen - Tataren. 6. Tataren. 7. Tatarische Frau. 8. Eine Tatarinn spinnend. 9. Nogay Tatarische Madchen. 10. Tatarinnen. 11. Vorhaus oder Kuche. 12. Inneres Zimmer eines Tataren Hauses. 13. [Map] Gebiet der Angesiedelten Nogagen-Tataren am Asow Schen Meere nebst den angranzenden Landern und teutschen Colonien, 1829.